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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-22 14:26
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder // Hollow City !!!
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder: Roman (Die besonderen Kinder) - Ransom Riggs,Silvia Kinkel

German and english review

 

Am Anfang war ich von dem zweiten Buch wirklich absolut nicht begeistert, ich habe zwar ziemlich schnell wieder in den Schreibstil und zurück in die Welt gefunden aber irgendwie hat sich am Anfang alles unheimlich gezogen und es wollte garnicht laufen. Zur Mitte und dann zum Ende hin, hat es sich dann aber Gott sei Dank gegeben.

 

Inhalt: Mit Müh und Not konnten Jakob und die besonderen Kinder aus der Zeitschleife, der Insel Cairnholm, vor ihren Feinden fliehen. Nun sind sie im England der 1940er Jahre gestrandet, immer noch verfolgt und ohne Beistand von Miss Peregrine, die sich nicht mehr in ihre Menschengestalt verwandeln kann. Um Miss Peregrine zu retten, brauchen die Kinder eine andere Magierin. Gerüchteweise lebt eine in London, und so machen sie sich auf den gefährlichen Weg in die zerbombte Stadt. Dort angekommen, finden sie schließlich Miss Wren und glauben schon, gerettet zu sein. Doch ausgerechnet hier, in ihrer vermeintlichen Zuflucht, erwartet sie der größte Verrat.

 

Ich fand die Reise der Kinder wirklich spannend und voller Action, sie sind ja wirklich ständig in eine neue Katastrophe gestolpert und haben es trotzdem immer wieder irgendwie raus geschafft. Besonders schön fand ich es auch, dass wir andere, neue besondere Kinder kennenlernen konnten, selbst wenn wir von dem ein oder anderen nicht wirklich viel hatten. Leider.

 

Gerade zum Ende gab es wunderbare Wendungen, die ich zwar habe kommen sehen, die aber trotzdem wirklich gut gemacht waren und die die Geschichte eindeutig nochmal richtig spannend gemacht haben. Bin auf jeden fall sehr auf das dritte Buch gespannt, dass ich aber leider noch nicht zu Hause habe. Bald. BALD!!!

 

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In the beginning, I wasn't really into this book. I got back into the writing and the whole world super fast, but I still had so many problems in the beginning, where every thing just seemed to drag on. Towards the middle and the end, things picked up, thankfully.

 

Summary: September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

 

I loved the journey they kids had to take, it was exciting and full of action, these little idiots stumbled from one disaster into the next and still always got out of things. I especially loved all the different and new peculiar children we met on their way, sadly we didn't have much time with any of them.

 

Towards the end, there were some great twists and turns, that I actually saw coming a mile away BUT that made the story really interesting and thrilling. Now, I'm really excited to read the third book in the series, that I don't have at home yet but SOON.

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review 2017-07-09 03:13
Hollow City
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

This was a pretty faced paced book. I read through it a lot quicker than the first book but I liked the first one better. This one didn't have the dry humor of the first. I missed that.  

 

I usually only read realistic fiction (mostly mysteries) so this story is a stretch for me. The hollows sound so scary!  Omg, long slimy tongues covered in suction cups?! I love the dog in the book though and wish I could have him. IThe menagerie cracked me up and that was a nice balance to the scarier parts. I'm afraid of chickens now too. The ending really threw me for a loop though (pun intended).

 

At the end of the first book, the Peculiar Children rescued Miss Paragrin but she couldn't change back into human form. She had a broken wing and needed care only another ymbryne could give. They had to hurry because the longer she stayed a bird the worse her chances were that she would never be able to become human again. They all set off in boats for the mainland in search of the last ymbryne. They ended up in London where they evaded Hollows and dodged bombs in their search. They found a few other Peculiar Children from other raided loops and Jacob learned more about his talent.  

 

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text 2017-07-07 08:25
Reading progress: 239 out of 396 pages.
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
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review 2017-07-02 03:42
"Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: Library of Souls" by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

 So, I had several complaints about this book, but overall, I thought it was a good ending to the trilogy.

There's some more inconsistency in Library of Souls. We were told in the first book that the Peculiars could only be outside of their loops for a few hours before aging up (remember the apple?), but in this book, they say that they have two or three days to work with...

I got really confused when they started using the word "suul". At first, I thought it was a typo, but they kept using it. I don't think it was ever explained, but I think it's supposed to be the second soul of the Peculiars. But to use a made-up word without warning and explanation was annoying.

I'm also confused about the names of Miss Peregrine and her siblings as they seem to have different surnames. Did I miss something here? They were often referred to as Alma, Bentham and Caul, though, and I wondered if the alphabetization was on purpose. Were they born in that order? It seemed like Caul was the middle child.

I was disappointed by the lack of secondary characters. I care about them more than Jacob and Emma. I realized it was kind of boring with just the two of them around.

And really, why must each chapter be 50 pages long?

But the book gets bonus points for referring to Frankenstein's monster and not saying "Frankenstein" while meaning the unnamed monster.

I thought it was interesting that we had three male characters with names that are typically considered female these days: Addison, Sharon, and Kim.

Most importantly, I enjoyed the ending. The chapter involving Jacob's parents and new therapist successfully pissed me off (in a good way). I like to imagine that the Peculiars stole back the letters. Or that the parents got them back from the therapist.

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review 2017-06-24 17:26
2/5 "Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children"
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather use to spin some stories about his own World War Two childhood, some pretty strange ones…stories about the boy who could lift rocks with one hand and the girl who could fly. As he turns into a teenager, Jacob realises they couldn’t have been true. Could they?

An entertaining read from Ransom, based on some odd Victorian photographs he’s collected over the years, the basis of which pull the story along and illustrate it nicely. Some of the pictures are very odd and disquieting. Of particular note is a dentist with no pupils or irises, and the worlds creepiest Santa. I even bought the paperback so I could see the pictures better than on my Kindle. It’s a nice novelty for a story to see the frame it’s draped on, to see the process of turning pictures into a story.

There’s nothing wrong with Ransom’s characters, and his writing style is easy on the eye, flowing along nicely. The descriptions of the Welsh island where Jacob finds himself are all nicely done as well, lending a solid and realistic feel to everything. I would have probably commented more on the bi-lingual nature of Wales, but that’s just a minor point.

So why only two stars? The problem for me was that the story was remarkably…forgettable. I finished this three days ago, and I had to check the book to look up the name of the main character before I started this review.

Nobody stuck with me; I have no urge to see where the next two books are going, where the lives of the characters are taking them next. If you asked me to name Jacob's love interest or his fathers name, I couldn’t do it.

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